Work Begins on Ports of Entry


POSTED: Tuesday, December 14, 2010 - 11:47am

UPDATED: Tuesday, December 14, 2010 - 10:30pm

EL PASO - Improvements begin today to city-owned international ports of entry.

The $12.1 million project for the Stanton and Paso Del Norte bridges will provide the following enhancements:

* Shade canopies for the pedestrian corridors at the base of the bridges and on the bridges
* Drinking fountains, landscaping, seating areas and automated public toilets
* Enhanced illumination and directional and informational signage
* New toll support facilities and turnstiles
* Rehabilitation of the Lions Placita by the Paso Del Norte bridge
* Public art, including a 45-foot sculpture at Lions Placita

While the work is in progress, pedestrians will use temporary paths and toll facilities.

All work on the bridges will be performed between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. to minimize border crossing delays for vehicles and pedestrians.

Both bridges will remain open and operational during the construction period.

Construction is expected to be completed by the summer.

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As far as city officials are concerned they want el paso to be exactly what it is. The most northern city of mexico. Just wish they would just admit it already.

A new bridge for what? Only explanation they gave why they wanted this is because it may boost our economy for the city. Yah key word "may",thats why we are loosing 100's of thousands of dollars from state and sales tax's to manifestos.

Stupid decisions from stupid officials.

So what money is the state/city getting? Ans: Nothing

I believe the cities budget problem was around 24million so that could of been half right there. Yet cops, EMT's, firefighters get laid off.

Pro's for being from south of the border in el paso:
free education PreK-12..even college
free gov't food assistance in schools
free foodstamps
free cell/home phone from foodstamps
free medical
If employed you don't pay social/federal/medicad tax
Not required to have car/medical insurance

What a joke! 12.1 million For a darn bridge!? Why not use that money in the city where it belongs?! To taxpaying citizens, regardless if US, Naturalized etc. Help get the youth off the streets. Create centers for kids here were they can exercise, and stay out of trouble! Use that money for more Law Enforcement, and EMT Fire Fighter employment. Heaven knows El Paso needs more authority, and our public servants that protect us and help us deserve the raise as well!

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